Do you plan to look for a part time job to earn extra money while studying?


Young asian student in a schoolThere are two good approaches to this question. You can play a responsible guy, one who takes every opportunity to earn some extra money, trying to support his studies.

In this case, you should do some research prior to your interview, checking part time job opportunities at the college, and in the surrounding area. You’ll surprise the interviewers with specific ideas for getting a job while studying. You can even say that you already submitted part time job applications to some companies or institutions, such as food retailers, restaurants, or library. This will really blow them away and help you to create a picture of a responsible student in their eyes.

No time for job

Alternatively, you can play a student who does not want to work, simply because they plan to invest all their free time to study. In fact some fields of study, such as law or medicine, are simply too difficult, and it is nearly impossible to have a part time job while preparing for the exams. This approach to the study will also create a nice picture of you in the eyes of the scholarship committee.

Nevertheless, you should always have some plan. To say that you did not think about it yet, or that you just do not know if to look for a job s a bad answer. Have a clear plan, present yourself as a responsible person, and get a grant.


Sample answers

I am seriously thinking about getting a part time job. Actually, I already research for it in local newspaper and on the university job board. I have found about twelve flexible part time opportunities that I believe can be integrated into the study program. If I get a chance to continue my studies at your faculty, I will apply for one of these jobs.

To be honest, I do not plan to get a job. My goal is to become a really good doctor, a prime student. And such a goal needs all my time. I can not focus on two things at the same time. Study is the first and only priority at the moment. However, I plan to have summer jobs, to make some extra money during vacation, so I can further support my studies.

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